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Nicolai Ghiaurov

Singer details:

Voice: Bass
Nationality: Bulgarian
Year of Birth: 1929
Year of Death: 2004

About Nicolai Ghiaurov:

Nicolai Ghiaurov (or Nikolai Gjaurov, Nikolay Gyaurov, Bulgarian: Николай Гяуров) (September 13, 1929 – June 2, 2004) was a Bulgarian opera singer and one of the most famous basses of the postwar period. He was admired for his powerful, sumptuous voice, and was particularly associated with roles of Mussorgsky and Verdi. Ghiaurov married the Bulgarian pianist Zlatina Mishakova in 1956 and Italian soprano Mirella Freni in 1978, and the two singers frequently performed together. They lived in Modena until Ghiaurov's death in 2004 of a heart attack.

Ghiaurov was born in the small mountain town of Velingrad in southern Bulgaria. As a child, he learned to play the violin, piano and clarinet. He began his musical studies at the Bulgarian State Conservatory in 1949 under Prof. Hristo Brambarov. From 1950 until 1955, he studied at the Moscow Conservatory.

Ghiaurov's career was launched in 1955, when he won the Grand Prix at the International Vocal Competition in Paris and the First Prize and a gold medal at the Fifth World Youth Festival in Prague. Ghiaurov made his operatic debut in 1955 as Don Basilio in Rossini's The Barber of Seville in Sofia. He made his Italian operatic debut in 1957 in Teatro Comunale Bologna, before starting an international career with his rendition of Varlaam in the opera Boris Godunov at La Scala in 1959. 1962 marked Ghiaurov's Covent Garden debut as Padre Guardiano in Verdi's La forza del destino as well as his first appearance in Salzburg in Verdi's Requiem, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
271C'est ici suivez moi Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T B-Br Mz/SLanguage: French

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès/Siébel
272Stolta non sai Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Giovanna
273Al consiglio sien tratti Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Anna/Percy
274Ve gente alla finestra Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Masetto
275Salute ad Ezio Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: choir,duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio/Foresto
276Don Bartolo Don Bartolo Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.15-2

Type: ensembleVoice: B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Basilio/Count/Figaro
277Gran Dio il benedici Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: quartet,choir,finaleVoice: Br S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Fiesco
278Ah! che diss egli Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.11

Type: quartetVoice: Br Mz B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alphonse/Léonor/Balthazar/Gaspar
279Suona ogni labbro mio nome Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 0

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Fiesco
280Alerte alerte le voila Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br T SLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust/Marguerite
281La straniera 1 Popularity:

Opera: Straniera, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.07

Type: duet,choirVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Isoletta/Montolino
282Ed io che tremava suo aspetto Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-3

Type: trioVoice: Mz Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Rodrigue/Carlo
283Figlia a tal nome io palpito Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)
284Alerte alerte ou vous perdus Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Marguerite
285Su del Nilo al sacro lido 1 Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Radames/King of Egypt
286Carlo che sol il nostro amore Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: recitative,trioVoice: Br Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Eboli/Elisabeth
287Lyubvi vsy vozrasti pokorni Popularity:

Opera: Eugene OneginComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Russian

Roles: Prince Gremin
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